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The Courts Both Uphold the Rule of Law and Prioritise the Human Rights of Individuals and Children Over the Commercial Interests of the Tabloid Press – Jonathan Coad

Sun PJSThe PJS v NGN injunction case is just another ugly example of a paid tabloid betrayal/kiss-and- tell story without a shred of genuine public interest while of considerable financial value to both the betrayer and the newspaper. Rarely does a legal case receive so much press attention as when tabloids are outraged by their inability to report on a celebrity threesome they claim is of interest to the public (rather than of legitimate public interest). Continue reading

The weird world of IPSO where “proportionate” means disproportionate, and “inaccurate” becomes accurate if someone else has said it first – Jonathan Coad

whirlpool-applaince-repairsJust as did its predecessor the Press Complaints Commission, IPSO applies the kind of perverse reasoning to the commercial advantage of its sponsors and creators which you would expect from a regulator which in defiance of both the will of parliament and the public has been set up by the press, funded by the press, the Code written by the press, its personnel appointed by the press, and with press delegates in the form of ex-editors on its complaints committee.  Continue reading

How the Frankensteins of Fleet Street mould and then monster their creations – Jonathan Coad

chanelle-hayes-mail-2It is difficult to comprehend the full cynicism and inhumanity of the tabloid press until you have confronted it. Sometimes its oligarchs give you a spontaneous glimpse of the value systems of the tabloid empires. I was on a panel with Kelvin MacKenzie for a debate about the law on privacy some years ago (very much back in the public eye), and an audience member asked him whether he had ever given any consideration about the impact of the stories he published on its subjects. He replied without hesitation that he had not. Continue reading

‘The Sun’ Misleads the Nation on Its Front Page About the Queen’s Views on the EU Referendum – Jonathan Coad

Labelled “EXCLUSIVE: BOMBSHELL CLAIM OVER EUROPE VOTE” the Sun in letters more than 6cm high exclaims: “QUEEN BACKS BREXIT”. This startling revelation is then followed by the Sun sub-heading “EU going in wrong direction, she says”. The Sun is however guilty of a grotesque deception not only of its own readers but of millions who have not bought the paper or visited its website. Continue reading

More spin from IPSO, Part 2 – Jonathan Coad

IPSO-is-a-shamThe irrefutable evidence that IPSO is and was always intended to be the same kind of sham regulators as its three un-illustrious predecessors emerges clearly from how it administers its primary remedy. If IPSO had any intention of actually uncovering any wrongdoing on the part of the press it would not have instigated a 28 day period in which the press can cover up its wrongdoing. If it had any intention of deterring the press from breaching even its self-written code of practice then it would permit it to publish corrections and apologies which are a fraction the size of the offending article. Continue reading

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